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Dairy Private Luxury Hotel, Queenstown

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New Zealand, Australia + Pacific: The Dairy
10 Isle Street
Queenstown , South Island
New Zealand
Tel: 64 3 442 5164's insider take:

Something between an après-ski lodge and a boutique hotel, this cozy spot is a short, sharp drive uphill from central Queenstown. Named for the 1920s corner store that once occupied the site—and which is now the hotel's small breakfast room—the Dairy has 13 well-appointed rooms spread through two adjoining buildings. All are furnished simply but stylishly, with clean-lined furniture in cream and neutral colors and immaculate white-tiled bathrooms with fluffy towels and robes. A few have tiny balconies. In winter, the hotel draws a crowd of youngish skiers; at the end of the day, they clomp back from the slopes at nearby Coronet Peak, store their skis in the secure back room, and stretch out in the communal fire-warmed lounge to chat and unwind.

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